- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 2, 2001

QUANTICO, Va. About 250 police officers from around the world are concluding a 10-week series of courses at the FBI Academy with a sweaty gesture honoring victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The officers wanted to find a way to demonstrate solidarity with their comrades, especially those who lost their lives September 11. So they decided to take a jog a 240-mile run, actually representing the distance from the Pentagon to the World Trade Center.
The run, 960 laps around an academy track, began Friday at 6 p.m. They expect to hand off the baton a few hundred times before the run is completed around 11 a.m. today.
"It's something that we're doing in a way for our own well-being," said Kevin Dougherty, an officer with the Divide police department in Colorado. "It's just the idea that we did something. It's symbolic."
The classes have been helpful, the students agree, but they've also taken the officers away from their departments at a time when police officers have been working overtime.
Jim Barnes, a New York state trooper and internal affairs officer in Syracuse, said he felt some ambivalence about attending the courses at a time when many of his colleagues are assisting police in New York City.
The officers who organized the run initially wanted to set up a relay to run from the Pentagon to the World Trade center, but found it impossible logistically. Instead, they've conduct their run on the academy track. Nearly all the students are participating, and numerous officers signed up for the 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. shifts that organizers had thought would be the hardest to fill.
More than 30,000 police officers from around the world have graduated from the FBI's National Academy, as it's called, since it was established in 1935.

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